We have also started a few months ago an online community for the DB2 on Campus program using facebook.com. Facebook.com is a social network popular amongst many universities worldwide. If you would like to join, follow these instructions:
Through facebook.com I'm keeping the DB2 on Campus community informed about news and events. Students and teachers from each of the universities visited are invited to join. As of today there are 165 members who have signed up. Through facebook.com, I've posted a few projects where members can contribute on a voluntary basis. The most important one of these projects is the Online Exam System. I will post more information about it on a separate blog.
I also started in July a Latin American university tour reaching approximately 1200 students in 5 countries: Mexico, Peru,Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia.
In Mexico, I'm glad to report a good number of the students who are members of the DB2 user groups at UNITEC and UNAM passed their DB2 Certification Exam 730!. More information can be found here:
In Peru I delivered a speech about DB2 at the IEEE Intercon 2007 conference in the city of Piura and provided a DB2 workshop. I also served as judge for one of their project competitions. In Lima I visited the University of Lima where students from several universities in Peru gathered to know more about DB2. I was pleased to hear after the speech and courses, that many students were motivated about trying out the product, and it is likely I will return for a course and other speeches early in December. The day of my speech at the Universityof Lima, a 7.9 earthquake hit several cities in Peru, and lasted more than 2 minutes. This was a very frightening experience, especially because it lasted for a very long time. I was told there were actually two or three big earthquakes one after the other, and that is why it looked like a never ending earthquake. Fortunately, the speech was over by the time the earthquake happened. The following days, there were many aftershocks of smaller magnitude. Two days after the earthquake, I travelled to several cities/universities in Brazil: Curitiba, Sao Carlos, Rio Claro, Campinas. It was a hectic tour with several speeches/courses per day and travel by car to the different cities. Overall it was a good Latin American tour, and I hope it repeats in the future.
P.S: I will be posting most of the university tour pictures in facebook.com